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Indian Memories #1 [Goa & nearby] [06 Mar 2013|10:36pm]

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Mumbai restaurants [02 Oct 2010|01:29pm]
Hello all!
I am writing an article to russian magazine about modern indian cuisine and have to make a short review about Mumbai restaurants.
Please, any help with contacts. May be there is someone who can make me links of the restaurants? Or any speaker?
It's urgent, tomorrow I have to finish the article already:(
I have already got some info, but still have some questions.Please!!!!

e-mail: anutka24@rambler.ru
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Blood donation requested [10 Jan 2010|01:28pm]

Arrangements are done. Thanks :)

I have an urgent request to make. This help is required at earliest. Chris, my friend's baby will be operated tomorrow morning. However there is an urgent blood donation required. AB+ (preferred) or AB- blood group at Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital by today afternoon.

[Cross-posted in peeyush]
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1st Call for Papers: SIGAI Workshop on Emerging Research Trends in AI (ERTAI-2010) [09 Jan 2010|01:31pm]

The Special Interest Group on AI (SIGAI) of Computer Society of India (CSI) announces a *workshop* on "Emerging Research Trends in AI". The workshop will be organised and hosted by CDAC Navi Mumbai, India and is meant to encourage quality research in various aspects of AI, among the Indian academia/industry. For details, refer the first call for papers below (in the LJ Cut), and visit http://sigai.cdacmumbai.in and http://sigai.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/ertai-2010

[Cross-posted at algorithms , ai_research and _scientists_ ]

Call for Papers for ERTAI-2010..Collapse )
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Looking for a room to rent in Mumbai [30 Nov 2009|07:31am]

Hello, an indian man (my husband) is looking for a shared accomodation in Mumbai. He's ready to pay 3-4 thousand rupees per month. He needs to stay in Mumbai for 2-3 months only, so there's no question of paying for the whole year in advance. I can assure you that he's very decent and has no bad habits. If anyone knows anything about rooms for rent please do contact me.
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"Slumdog" child star now homeless in Mumbai and needs your help [23 Jun 2009|12:21am]


Ismail, who played the character of Salim as a child in the Oscar-award winning film that grossed $326 million, is now preparing to spend the night in the mud next to what is left of his former home.

"What can I do if they have demolished my house?" he asked Reuters. "I will sleep out in the open."

The demolition of his home was part of a government mandated "pre-monsoon sweep" of illegally built shanties that sit along a drain, which needs to be cleaned out before the rains come.

Ismail's tarpaulin-covered home in a teeming slum was one of several shanties, illegally built along a drain, that were demolished by local authorities in Mumbai, India's financial capital and entertainment hub.

Earlier this year, the housing authority of Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, promised to give the families of Ismail and child co-star Rubina Ali new houses after the public learned that the two were still living in the slums despite the film’s enormous success. However, Ismail’s mother, Shameen, told Reuters that the government never came through with their word.

"We also heard that the government had promised us houses, but what happened? We are still homeless," she said.
"My son has brought glory to the country, shouldn't he get some credit?"

Why don't inhabitants of Mumbai interfere to a situation? They could help these families 'cause public support is very necessary for them!

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Dossier of Terrorist Evidence Submitted to Pakistan [08 Jan 2009|10:13am]

Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, came under a heinous terrorist attack on November 26, 2008.

The terrorist attacks took place at many locations, especially at CST Railway Station; the Leopold Cafe; Taj Hotel; Oberoi Trident Hotel; and Nariman House. 165 Persons (civilians and security personnel) lost their lives and 304 were injured. Among the civilians killed were 26 foreigners belonging to many nationalities (Annexure-I).

So starts the 46-page dossier of evidence submitted to Pakistan by the Government of India. The dossier of evidence was also presented to representatives of 14 countries whose citizens were killed by terrorists attacked in Mumbai (Nov 26-29 2008).

... more

The entire dossier including transcripts of intercepted telephone calls!

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Enough is enough [03 Dec 2008|02:30pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

People are angry at the political class in general and the government in particular. The reason for anger is obvious. The toothless, spineless and rudderless leadership that we have had to suffer over the years, has resulted in glaring holes within the internal security of the nation. This has put at risk, our fundamental right to live with human dignity (as against living in constant fear and helplessness), something that Article 21 of our Constitution guarantees.

The need of the hour is to crystallize the people's emotions into a mass movement powerful enough to shock the politicians into realizing that we will no longer suffer at the expense of political inaction, ineptness or vote-bank politics.

Today, there will be mass rallies organized at Gateway of India, Mumbai and India Gate, New Delhi at 6 PM. These will not be peace marches where candles are lit in silence. A draft manifesto has been prepared jointly by Rahul Mehra, a Supreme Court advocate and Prem Panicker, Mumbai based journalist.. This draft manifesto contains details of what exactly we mean when we say "enough is enough". It also attempts to lay down a set of steps that the people may want to resort to until the government agrees to wake up. Broadly speaking, the draft manifesto contains the broad outlines of a Non Co-operation movement. It is this manifesto which will be discussed at the rallies.

To check this draft manifesto out, you can go to http://digg.com/political_opinion/Manifesto_of_Indian_Rally_against_Mumbai_Terrorist_Attacks where the link to the actual manifesto is provided. The above link to the Digg page where you can "Digg" this news.

A couple of other articles that talk about the above mentioned rallies are available below...



If you can attend and if you believe in the cause, please try to attend the rally at Gateway of India today at 6PM.

Update [03 Dec 2008, 15:50]: The latest update is there are reports that Mumbai police will prevent assembly of greater than 5 people near the Gateway of India (effectively a ban on rallies). However while NDTV says that such a ban is in force, Prem Panicker checked with Police control and has been advised that section 144 is not in force which means there is no curfew of any sorts. There is of course, no confirmation yet one way or the other. But for the latest on this, you can keep following Prem Panicker on Twitter.

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Mumbai Blasts: Day 2 Live Blogging [27 Nov 2008|10:33pm]


Update: ~ 6:45 - 7:00 am:Indian Time; Friday Nov 28th
Follow my updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag
Posting all pics on Flickr! username "shanbhag"

Was tossing and turning since 5 this morning; Sky was still dark. Finally got up, and checked Online; Walked up to the Terrace to see the TAJ! IT IS STILL THERE! ~ 6:45 am

The dome which was burning last night is nearly all gone! The base of the dome still appears to be aflame! Little smoke;
taj burning mumbai blasts

A wider angle view taking in the Taj-Intercontinental!
taj burning mumbai blasts

Update from about 7 pm!
Commandos rappelling onto Nariman Bldg; Shot from my terrace!
commando insertion Nariman Bldg

Pics of Commando Insertion on Nariman Bldg! Please keep checking here for latest updates!

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Mumbai Blasts: Taj Burning and More updates [27 Nov 2008|02:26am]


See my blog for updates and more pics from the scene of the Terrorist Killings.
Follow my latest updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/arunshanbhag

Taj Mahal Hotel Burning

Am a block from the Taj Hotel; The hostage situation is still ongoing; we are all safe.
Took this picture from our terrace; It is still burning!

Please check my blog for regular updates and more pics as I take and upload them.

Latest Updates and More pics from scene of Terrorist Killings

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Workshop on Machine Learning, C-DAC Mumbai [26 Nov 2008|10:29am]

The Knowledge Based Computer Systems (KBCS) division of C-DAC Mumbai is organizing a Two Day Workshop on Machine Learning at the Navi Mumbai (Kharghar), campus on 19th and 20th December, 2008. Organized at Mumbai, India, the workshop is meant to provide a comprehensive introduction to Machine Learning, focusing on conceptual understanding of popular ML algorithms and practical applications. Apart from covering popular ML techniques such as Artificial Neural Network (ANN), Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Clustering, discussions for modeling a problem for using machine learning including input-output transformation will be carried out. Participants will get hands on experience with these algorithms; using toolkits such as Weka.

The brochure gives you a brief information on the workshop, which can be located at the C-DAC Mumbai website, at this URL. Kindly forward the details about the workshop to all those whom you feel may be interested in participating in the workshop. You may also go ahead and blog about it, post it to mailing lists, groups, and communities etc. Do keep us informed about it.

Dr. Sasikumar </a></a>the_little_sasi 
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Erstwhile NCST), Mumbai
Knowledge Based Computer Systems (KBCS)
Raintree Marg, Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Sec 7, CBD Belapur, Opp. Kharghar Railway Station
Navi Mumbai, 400614, INDIA
Voice: 91-2227565303, Fax: 91-2227560004
E-mail: kbcs [at] cdacmumbai [dot] in
URL: www.cdacmumbai.in/index.php/cdacmumbai/research_and_publications/research_groups/kbcs_artificial_intelligence/events
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Textbooks available (IGNOU-MCA and Madras University-MSc[IT]) [25 Oct 2008|03:02pm]

[ mood | calm ]

Sorry, I no longer have any textbooks available with me.

I have few textbooks from IGNOU (MCA) and Madras University (MSc-IT). Those textbooks are prior to 2004 batch for both IGNOU and Madras University. Not aware if either of these universities have changed syllabus or textbook for their degree programme in recent time. Anyways, I will be disposing them off by 2nd of November. If someone needs them, can take those from me (no cost/charge) before 2nd of November. I am reachable via this blog or by mail (contactpeeyush [at] gmail [dot] com).

[X posted to peeyush]

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13 Dangerous Days of Monsoon [10 Jun 2008|01:37pm]

Following a newspaper tip:
The US Embassy has identified 13 days most likely to lead to flooding in Mumbai, during the monsoons.

This info is important for all Mumbaikars (not just US citizens), and the City Government should have been disseminating this info in the first place, rather than planning and sniping about a statue in the sea!

Excerpted from an email sent to registered US citizens. See the entire note from the Consulate here

During the monsoon, most flooding occurs during high tide. Mumbai's drainage system is designed to run off into the Arabian Sea. If a major storm occurs during high tide, the rainfall backs up and flooding occurs. Particular concern should be paid during the days listed in the table below. During these 13 days, high tide is expected to raise water levels over four meters (13 feet) and, if there is heavy rain, the possibility of the city flooding is very high. Sluice gates, which funnel floodwaters from the city to the sea, are also closed on these days, increasing the possibility of flooding if there are heavy rains. Please be alert if there are heavy rains during the afternoons.

13 Dangerous Days of Monsoon

Date Time Ht of Wave (meters)

2 July 2008 1152 hours 4.57
3 July 2008 1237 hours 4.74
4 July 2008 1325 hours 4.83
5 July 2008 1410 hours 4.84
6 July 2008 1454 hours 4.75
7 July 2008 1537 hours 4.57
1 Aug 2008 1220 hours 4.68
2 Aug 2008 1302 hours 4.8
3 Aug 2008 1341 hours 4.79
4 Aug 2008 1420 hours 4.65
30 Aug 2008 1158 hours 4.59
31 Aug 2008 1220 hours 4.66
1 Sep 2008 1307 hours 4.58

We will be in Mumbai during some of these days.

Arun Shanbhag

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An official India community for LJ [03 Jun 2008|02:21pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Greetings from LJ_India, the new official India community we’re piloting to connect all our India users.

We’re writing to invite you to take a first look at the Community as it’s launched and share your feedback. You’re, of course, under absolutely no obligation to join, but we’d be delighted if you did :)
Do join us at http://community.livejournal.com/lj_india/ and let's get this conversation started!

Cheers and thanks,

Team Blogworks for LiveJournal India


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[25 Mar 2008|10:39pm]

Hello, I'm a regular visitor to Mumbai—I tend to spend one full month each year here—but am often at a loss as to what's going on in the city. What's your favourite way to keep updated on the current events? Is there a good website? A number to call? Newspaper listings? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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History of Public Dining in Mumbai [18 Feb 2008|11:38am]


Antoine Lewis "will be speaking on the history of public dining in Mumbai from the early 1800s to the present. The lecture will be held on the 28th of Feb at 7.30pm at Hotel Ritz, Churchgate."

Antoine knows the subject very well, and he is the editor of Savvy Cookbook. He kick-started the Bombay-On-The-Menu group with an expanded version of this lecture. I can vouch that it is amazing, interactive, fun, and gyaan-filled. I recommend this to anyone genuinely interesting in the food scene in Mumbai. Knowing the gang, a food outing, possibly one of many, is sure to follow.

Some of us Sigfoodies met at the BOTM workshop.

Rushina, additionally spreads link happiness via Feastguru.com for discount coupons and some social networking.

x-posted on solzaire
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Mumbai in Black and White [05 Dec 2007|01:23am]

About a year ago, I'd started working on a project. Well, I'm happy to say that it's sort of done. Well, at least as done as it will ever be, given that I'll be shifting bases in a few days.

So, here you have it,

Let me know what you think.

X-Posted on my journal

You may also be interested in my post about Mumbai sunsets
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Accommodation [19 Nov 2007|09:43pm]
Hi all,

I am visiting Mumbai from 16 Dec - 20 Jan. I was hoping someone could direct me to budget accommodation preferably less than AUD100 (roughly USD89)

Appreciate your help.

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Hot Stock tip follows.... [30 Oct 2007|07:28pm]

[ mood | relaxed ]

* It’s a bull market if you’ve woken up this morning with the feeling: "Thank god, it is Monday!"

* It’s a bull market if the analyst takes a deep breath, runs his mind quickly across 1985, 1992, 2000 and says, "But it is different this time."

* It’s a bull market if you’re suddenly discovered on the social circuit because you happen to be the husband of the wife who is a niece of the person who was a friend of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s father 30 years ago.

* It’s a bull market if a Rs 10 crore profit becomes a Rs 15 crore profit quarter-on-quarter and you sneer dismissively, "Kuch ho nahin raha hai!"

* It’s a bull market when you ask why Prism Cement will go to Rs 81 and the answer is ‘Kyonki website pey likha hain’.

* It’s a bull market when you read a column like this and say, "What? No tip?" and hiss that your time was bloody wasted.


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SMS Span worse than email spam? [30 Sep 2007|11:26am]

[ mood | pissed off ]

Do you agree that SMS spam is worse than email spam?
If yes, how about an idea that your service provider spams you as if it's desperately trying to make money to stay in the business?

I received 11 spam SMS from reliance during the period of 20 days (19 August to 8 September).
Here are the messages I received and I will like to clarify to the marketing team at reliance who are so fascinated of selling special mobile numbers like 9323933333 and marriage counselling services that I am interested in none. Please do your homework before sending SMS messages. This may be free of cost to you since you own the network and have the database of all mobile numbers, but it disturbs me while I am working/ traveling. I have to read the message to see if it's not an important private message and after reading this junk, I have to delete it immediately to free memory that takes another minute or so.
I hope I have made myself clear enough and request the service providers to stop spamming their own customers.

Win Swift Car as Mega prize & Motorola RAZR phone every week. Dial 1234848 and set any Tune as MyTunes. Call Charges Rs. 6/min. Reliance.
Message from: 3600
Sat 08 Sep 12:55

Dear Reliance Customer reduce your call rates! WIth Rs.59 STV the Local call to Reliance mobile at 50p/min. Other local at Re1/min
Message from: 51232
Tue 4 Sep 17:23

Hi, Main Raju Srivastav, kal se aa raha hoon BIG 92.7FM pe. Ab aapki Morning bhag daud banegi BIG Joke! Suniye mujhe har Mon-Sat. 7-10am.
Message from: 51232
Sun 02 Sep 18:54

Koi hota jisko apna hum apna keh lete yaaron? Toh dhoondiye usse! SMS keejiye LOVERMETER to 54545 Rs 3 per sms.
Message from: 51232
Sun 02 Sep 15:38

Dear Reliance Customer Topup with Rs.100 & above in next 5days & get Rs50 extra on net talk time & 10sms free in 7 days
Message from: 51232
Sun 02 Sep 10:46

As per Govt policy SMS codes must start with 5 for all operators & vendors. Pls add 5 to all SMS codes (Ex. 1234 changes to 51234). Reliance
Message from: 51232
Sat 01 Sep 09:32

Mr.J S Patel won VIP No 9323933333.You can win VIP No 9323999000.Just quote the lowest&most unique bid.Call 51234214(Rs10/min) Hurry.Reliance
Message from: 1232
Wed 29 Aug 09:01

Kya aap dhoond rahe hai ek jeevan saathi?Is kaam ko assan karenge humare expert Marriage counselor.Dial kijiye 51234055(Rs.6/min) . Reliance.
Message from: 1232
Sun 26 Aug 10:10

Dear Reliance Customer Get Discount on upgrading old h/s to new.Visit Reliance store at S V Rd Opp Ayesha tower Jogeshwari-W on 25&26Aug
Message from: 1232
Sat 25 Aug 09:38

You can now have the VIP mobile no 9323933333 by quoting the lowest & most unique price.Call 51234214(Rs 10/min) & place your bid.
Message from: 1232
Sun 19 Aug 11:54

Set Hanuman Chalisa as your MyTunes. SMS HCH to 6060(Rs 3/sms).Sub chgs Rs30/30 days & Rs 15/tune for 90 days. Reliance.
Message from: 1232
Sun 19 Aug 08:22

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